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  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781405930239
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

Us Against You

From The New York Times Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown

Can a broken town survive a second tragedy? The follow-up to the international bestseller Beartown

Can a broken town survive a second tragedy?

By the time the last goal is scored, someone in Beartown will be dead . . .

Us Against You is the story of two towns, two teams and what it means to believe in something bigger than yourself. It's about how people come together - sometimes in anger, often in sorrow, but also through love. And how, when we stand together, we can bring a town back to life.

  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781405930239
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. He is the Number One New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, and top ten bestsellers My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises and Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than thirty-five countries and he has sold over seven million copies. The Scandal - published as Beartown in the US - is being adapted for TV by the team behind The Bridge. Fredrik lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.

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Praise for Us Against You

Backman's ability to tell stories in pictures is one of his strongest merits, not least how he describes relationships . . . It's rare that one cares about so many characters in a book, and seldom that one comes so close to a whole community. But the leading role in Backman's novels about Beartown is, after all, played by the sports community. It's a love declaration of the highest order

Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

Fredrik Backman writes wonderfully about men, with a love and understanding for the ones who would rather solve conflicts with their fists. It's hard not to love it

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

A brilliant sequel . . . Backman writes about loyalty and love, but also captures the feelings of athletes in a vibrant way

Skaraborgs Allehanda, Sweden

Backman knows how to construct a thrilling plot, and what he writes engages . . . And when he hits his stride among the emotions, the sentimental turns into an asset - like a hockey puck straight to the heart

Landskrona Posten, Sweden

It's obvious that Fredrik Backman loves sports and no one is as good at evoking feelings as he is. You are thrown between laughter and tears in the space of one sentence to the next. At the same time, this might be his most earnest and serious, if you can understand what I mean, novel to date. It takes an even bigger grip on the world than the previous novel in the series did. Now we can only wait for the next chapter

Värmlands Folkblad, Sweden

Evident in all [Backman] novels is an apparent ability to state a truth about humanity with breathtaking elegance

Kirkus Reviews

Backman is the Dickens of our age, and though you'll cry, your heart is safe in his hands

Green Valley News, Arizona

Mr. Backman cements his standing as a writer of astonishing depth and proves that he also has very broad range plus the remarkable ability to make you understand the feelings of each of a dozen different characters. . . . The story is fully packed with wise insights into the human experience causing characters and readers to ponder life's great question of who we are, what we hope to be and how we should lead our lives

The Washington Times

A light hearted, deeply moving novel about a grumpy but loveable curmudgeon who finds his solitary world

CBS Local

This is a tale of the pitfalls of group mentality as well as the loss of an innocence we all take for granted-and it will grip you from start to finish

Canadian Living

Praise for Beartown and Fredrik Backman


A story about families, about friendship and loyalty, inequality, female vulnerability, male back-slapping, and parenthood ... No person's story is too little to be told, Backman includes them all. A novel with a big heart

Jönköpings-Posten, Sweden

A kind of problem play that moves extremely skilfully near the melodramatic without derailing. Its originality is substantial and the book credibly conveys the dual faces of everyday life. An impressive novel, like no other

BTJ, Sweden

Friday Night Lights for Swedes

O Magazine

As popular Swedish exports go, Backman is up there with ABBA and Stieg Larsson.

The New York Times Book Review

Backman is a masterful writer, his characters familiar yet distinct, flawed yet heroic. . . There are scenes that bring tears, scenes of gut-wrenching despair, and moments of sly humor. . .Like Friday Night Lights, this is about more than youth sports; it's part coming-of-age novel, part study of moral failure, and finally a chronicle of groupthink in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction. A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman's latest will resonate a long time.

Kirkus Reviews

Surrounded by impenetrable forests, it recreates the stifling atmosphere of a dying community. This is a mature, compassionate novel

The Sunday Times

I utterly believed in the residents of Beartown, and felt ripped apart by the events in the book

Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You

Praise for Us Against You


Backman can tickle the funny bone and tug on the heart strings when he needs to, and is a clever enough storyteller to not overindulge in either


What you get in a Fredrik Backman work is wonderful writing and brilliant insights into things that truly matter - right vs. wrong, fear vs. courage, love vs. hate, the importance and limits of friendship and loyalty, and more. Fredrik Backman is one of the world's best and most interesting novelists. He is a giant among the world's great novelists -and this literary giant is still growing.

Washington Times, US

In his dark but warmhearted way, Backman is a psychologist, and his insights are on display again in Us Against You...he creates an astute emotional world much bigger than a small Swedish town. It's a novel youcan sink into.

Chicago Tribune, US

If Alexander McCall Smith's and Maeve Binchy's novels had a love child, the result would be the work of Swedish writer Fredrik Backman / .../ Backman's novels have wide appeal, and for good reason. Us Against You takes a lyrical look at how a community heals, how families recoverand how individuals grow.

Washington Post, US

Deftly explores recovery and rebirth.

US Weekly, US

Backman (A Man Called Ove) returns to the hockey-obsessed village of his previous novel Beartown to chronicle the passion, violence, resilience, and humanity of the people who live there in this engrossing tale of small-town Swedish life /.../ Backman's excellent novel has an atmosphere of both Scandinavian folktale and Greek tragedy. Darkness and grit exist alongside tenderness and levity, creating a blunt realismthat brings the setting's small-town atmosphere to vivid life.

Publishers Weekly, US

There is even more potential for book group discussion here as Backman explores violence, political maneuvering, communities, feminism, sexuality, criminality, the role of sports in society, and whatmakes us all tick.

Library Journal *Starred Review*, US

Readers, take a break from the heat this summer to visit the icy streets of Beartown. Immerse yourself in Us Against You, for once you open this book, you won't be able to resist falling into the hockey town out in the woods. Live among the residents for a few days. I guarantee that it will be tough to say goodbye when you turn the last page. Fredrik Backman has a rare talent for reaching inside his readers and coaxing out their deepest emotions while weaving a riveting tale that stays with you for along time. Don't miss out on this phenomenal novel.

The Book Reporter, US

Through Backman's astute examination of humanity, Us Against You will elicit snickers and full-blown belly laughs. It will rip out hearts, then replace them stronger than before. Most of all, it is sure to prompt readers to examine their lives in order to be better people, if only inmicroscopic ways.

Shelf Awareness , US

Dark and gritty, but peppered with moments of breath-catching hope.

Modern Mrs. Darcy, US

The sequel to Beartown is finally here, and it does not disappoint.

Hello Giggles, US

This is a tale of the pitfalls of group mentality as well as the loss of an innocence we all take for granted - and it will grip you from start to finish.

Canadian Living, Canada

Just as the cult TV hit Friday Night Lights wasn't just about high-school football, this sequel to Beartown is about more than small-town hockey. Us Against You is a story of hopes, dreams, loyalty, friendship, and - after someone is left for dead - the lengths people will go to for the love of the game.

Hello! Canada, Canada

We have a rare book for you. [Us Against You] is not only about hockeyand sports. It's about everything that makes a man a man.

Pravo, Czech Republic

Backman uses an abundance of thrilling hints about upcoming events, and it works. You simply have to continue reading. The story is wonderful, deeply touching and very thought-provoking, and hats off again to the author's ability to portray people and trends in society. The novel plays on your entire register of emotions, and you live and breathe alongside the many different characters, all of which are precisely and empathetically depicted.

Litteratursiden, Denmark

A beautiful and brutal drama.

Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark

"Fredrik Backman is one of Sweden's best authors. He's mastered how to depict a village and its citizens so that you both love and hate them. /.../ Backman writes with emotion, and it goes straight to your heart. /.../ As always with Backman, there's still hope for humanity, because wherethere is violence and hatred, there is also forgiveness and love."

Bogblogger, Denmark

Us Against You is an excellent novel that's easy to read and skillfully handles great themes. /.../ The world created by Backman lives andbreathes and the characters are both human and complex.

Aamuset, Finland

Backman keeps you hooked from the first to the last page. For allBeartown fans, Us Against You feels like coming home.

Hebban, Netherlands

Fredrik Backman writes wonderfully about men, with a love and understanding for the ones who would rather solve conflicts with theirfists. It's hard not to love it.

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

Backman knows how to construct a thrilling plot, and what he writes engages. /.../ And when he hits his stride among the emotions, the sentimental turns into an asset - like a hockey puck straight to the heart.

Landskrona Posten, Sweden

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